Apr 15, 2010

News and Views

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April 2010

Vol. XVI, No. 2


News and Views

Sacred Architecture Symposium at CUA | Pope Benedict XVI and Sacred Music Conference in Ireland | CMAA Colloquium XX | St. Louis Institute of Sacred Music — Many Resources

Sacred Architecture Symposium at CUA

A symposium on the design of architecture for sacred space, “Extending and Transforming the Tradition of Catholic Sacred Architecture”, will take place April 30-May 1 at the Catholic University of America (CUA).

Cardinal Justin Rigali will present the keynote address on April 30. Principal speakers include Duncan Stroik of the Notre Dame School of Architecture; Craig Hartman, of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill architecture firm; Denis McNamara, assistant director of the Liturgical Institute, Mundelein; and Leo Nestor, director of the Institute of Sacred Music at CUA.

(Drs. Stroik and McNamara are frequent contributors to Adoremus Bulletin; See Dr. McNamara’s “Bearers of the Heavenly Jerusalem” in this issue, page 6).

The symposium is sponsored by the CUA School of Architecture and Planning, the Notre Dame School of Architecture, the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, and the Clarence Walton Fund for Catholic Architecture. Michael Patrick, chairman of the Partnership for Catholic Sacred Architecture, explained the purpose of the event:

“The title of our symposium is intended to convey … the continuing presence of the sacred, of God, in the midst of us as a people, and in the buildings we erect to worship?Him. It is also meant to express an interest in Pope Benedict XVI’s continuing call for an organic growth in every aspect of the life of the Church, including its architecture.… In any age, the church building must be built to reflect that it is a place for the unveiling of a love affair between persons, God and Man.

“It is our hope that out of this Symposium will emerge a stronger sense of where we have been, and why, and a great enthusiasm for the possibilities that lie before us in making Catholic churches that are worthy to take their place in the great architectural tradition of the Church.”

For further information and registration, contact:

A Living Presence Steering Committee, CUA School of Architecture,
620 Michigan Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20064; Phone 202 494-6639;
E-mail: [email protected]


Pope Benedict XVI and Sacred Music Conference in Ireland

Benedict XVI and Sacred Music is the topic of the third International Liturgy Conference, which will be held July 10-12, 2010, on Fota Island, Cork, Ireland.

St. Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy is sponsoring the conference, with Father D. Vincent Twomey, SVD, as conference chairman. He will also present an address: “Sursum corda: An Introduction to Ratzinger’s Theology of Sacred Music”.

An international panel of speakers — from Wales, Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, Scotland, and the United States — will address the gathering.

The two speakers from the United States are Kerry McCarthy of Duke University (“Listening to William Byrd”), and Father Samuel F. Weber, OSB, founder of the Institute of Sacred Music, Archdiocese of Saint Louis (“Pope Benedict XVI on the Psalms in the Liturgy”).

(Father Weber’s essay “Taking up the Psalter” appears in this issue, page 5).

For more information: www.scscliturgy.com/fota_III_2010.html.
Registration questions and information: [email protected].


CMAA Colloquium XX

The Church Music Association of America’s twentieth annual Sacred Music Colloquium will take place at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, June 21-27, 2010. The colloquium will include instruction and experience in chant and the Catholic sacred music tradition, participation in chant and polyphonic choirs, nightly lectures and performances and daily celebrations of liturgies in both English and Latin. All who attend will sing choral music that is integral to the Catholic faith.

Attendance is open to anyone interested in improving the quality of music in Catholic worship. Professional musicians will appreciate the rigor, while enthusiastic volunteer singers and beginners new to the chant tradition will enjoy the opportunity to study under an expert faculty.

The colloquium will feature a new music reading session on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Composers who are registered participants of the colloquium are invited to submit for possible performance by the group at large, to be submitted by May 15.

For program and registration information, www.musicasacra.com/colloquium.

A Summer Chant Intensive will take the week prior to the colloquium, led by Scott Turkington, of Duquesne University. For details on this event: www.musicasacra.com/intensive/.

The CD cover above is from the 2009 CMAA Colloquium XIX, produced by Corpus Christi Watershed (corpuschristiwatershed.org).


St. Louis Institute of Sacred Music — Many Resources

The Institute of Sacred Music, established in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in April 2008, provides many resources for liturgical music. Father Samuel Weber, OSB, is director of the institute.

Within the archdiocese, its activities include programs of education in Sacred Music — especially Gregorian Chant — for parish musicians, other archdiocesan institutions and interested individuals. The institute also offers assistance to parishes with the singing of the Mass in English — for example, the Entrance Antiphon, the Responsorial Psalm, and the Communion Antiphon. In addition, the institute provides support to parishes in developing a schola cantorum for the singing of Gregorian Chant, as well as programs for the full implementation of the English translation of the Roman Missal in the archdiocese.

The institute also provides musical settings arranged and prepared by Father Weber of the Ordinary of the Mass and various propers for the liturgical seasons, saints’ feast days, the sacraments, and other occasions. The music is available on the institute’s web site for free download.

Musical settings of Masses and other liturgical rites and texts for the season of Lent and Easter are now available.

Visit: archstl.org/worship/page/institute-sacred-music.



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